The Artist's Vision

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What does it mean when I say that we understand the world through levels of contrast?

If everything in the world, the flora and fauna, the water, the houses, the buildings, the sky, and the people were the exact same color of red, we would see nothing but red. We would see no depth, no shapes, no form, and we would not be able to discern the sky from the ground.

We could fall right off a cliff, and aside from the feeling of falling, we would not even know what was happening or what was about to happen.

The reason why we would understand falling is because, at one point in the past, we weren't falling and we would have something to compare to the feeling of falling.

If we were to continue falling for a very long time, eventually, we would most likely even forget we were falling,

and that at one time we had the feeling of not falling.

Even though we now have the sense of falling, we would not have anything to compare that feeling to after we forget the original feeling of not falling.

We might even forget what that falling feeling is.

Another example of how we take advantage of contrast would be to take a sip of water. Notice it's neutral taste. Then fill your glass up with approximately a measuring cup of water, and add a teaspoon of salt. Mix it until it is thoroughly mixed and the salt and water has become saltwater. Put the saltwater in your mouth and keep it there for a minute or so, making sure all your tastebuds touch it, possibly even gargling.

Spit it out, and taste fresh water from the tap (if you use the same cup, make sure there is no salt in it).

The water will taste very sweet, and not like very same water you last tasted before the saltwater.

We are creatures of change. We need change and contrast to understand ourselves and our environment, along with understanding how we connect with the environment.

I use this knowledge to form oil paintings. There are several forms of change in painting.

Sometimes, it's as simple as great or small amounts of color or shape change.

Sometimes, it can get a bit more complex than that.

The greater the change, the more of a chance you will see that portion of the painting first.

I am thinking about these things when I am creating my works.

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